Lark owner John Sundstrom opens a pizza place; a new eclectic restaurant opens in Wallingford; an upscale seafood restaurant is scheduled to open in the Pike Place area, and more.

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Southpaw on Capitol Hill: Chef John Sundstrom of Lark and Slab Sandwiches + Pie and business partners have opened a counter-service pizza spot in the old Lark space, next to Canon. The wood-fired pizzas are described as a cross between Neapolitan and New-York style, with mostly vegetarian toppings. Meat lovers fear not: red wine-braised oxtail and chicken skins, among other quirky toppings, are available. Pizzas cost $6 for a quarter or $22 for a whole 16-inch pizza. Bethany Jean Clement had all the details here back in the summer.

Thackeray in Wallingford: This bar restaurant comes from the Heavy Restaurant Group, the gang behind Barrio on Capitol Hill and a zillion Purple Café & Wine Bars in Seattle and around the Eastside.  It’s an eclectic menu with a Mediterranean bent (Ethiopian-spiced fried chicken and “Lebanese nine spice lamb Shawarma” along with short ribs and burgers). Bartender Ricardo Hoffman, one of the city’s rising stars, was hired away from Zig Zag Cafe to run its bar program.  The drink menu features an extensive Spanish-style gin and tonic list along with flights and high balls.

Opening soon

An “upscale seafood” restaurant is planned in the Pike Place Market area from the group behind The Pike Brewing Company. Charles Finkel, owner and founder of the brewery, said the 100-seat restaurant will be above his brewery and comes with views of the Sound and Post Alley. He hopes to open in May. Expect wild salmon, smoked black cod along with oysters to pair with stouts and beer-friendly grub such as fish and chips. Hmm, wonder where he will get the beer?

Mioposto: The local pizzeria is scheduled to open its fourth branch on Dec. 30 on Mercer Island, a 75-seat spot with a bigger bar area than its other three Seattle restaurants.

The Halal Guys: Eater reports that the group behind those wildly-popular gyro-and-falafel carts around  New York City will open a sit-down restaurant in Seattle next spring.


Louisa’s Cafe in Eastlake, which opened in 1992, shut down Monday, citing “rising costs” among other challenges on its Facebook. The owner set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her employees, some of whom have been with Louisa’s for 18 years and need to find employment before the holidays. Bethany Jean Clement has the details here.

The Wurst Place in South Lake Union: The underrated beer hall announced on Facebook it must vacate around February because its building will be demolished.

In other news

New Luck Toy in West Seattle: After our review of this nouveau Chinese dive, we fielded a dozen calls from inquiring minds asking, “how am I supposed to order take out when there’s no phone?” The answer, sadly, is you can’t. In an email, co-owner Patric Gabre-Kidan replied, “We won’t be offering to-go. We were hoping that we would, but it’s been too busy to do so. It’ll bury us.”

Wild Ginger, which opened its fast-casual concept (“Food in under a minute.”) at 365 by Whole Foods Market in Bellevue, now offers dim sum items there on weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.